Animal Care and Control closes after-hours pet drop boxes

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne’s Animal Care and Control pet shelter will shutter its after-hours pet drop boxes next month after learning they can cause suffering or death to animals.

The shelter announced Tuesday that the after-hours depository boxes will be closed effective Feb. 26. This is because they wanted to give the community and surrounding communities that bring animals to Fort Wayne a heads up before taking the boxes away. Almost 25 percent of the animals at Animal Care and Control come from the after-hour depositories.

“We take about 3,200 animals through the depository every year. 50 percent of those animals we have no idea where they came from,” Amy-Jo Sites said.

Sites is the director of Animal Care and Control. She said unknown drop offs make it harder to take care of the animals such as getting the proper vaccinations or micro chipping. That leads to even more troubles.

“We can’t do that if we don’t have any information so lives are lost. No history equals no information which equals really hard decisions to make,” she said.

But in less than a month, the depositories will be gone. The shelter decided to follow the national trend of not offering after-hour drop offs. According to the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, the depositories can lead to animal suffering or death. Sites recommends waiting until the next business day and coming to the shelter to ask for help. But the ultimate goal is to keep the pets out of a shelter.

“We want to make sure that the pets stay where they’re safe and sound and more comfortable- in their owner’s home,” she said.

Once the boxes are gone, Sites hopes people will do the right thing.

“We know that people are good in essence and we do have security systems in place and it is actually a crime it’s a misdemeanor for people to abandon animals without proper provisions.”

.The shelter offers, along with the Allen County SPCA and HOPE for Animals, referral sources to various resources for pet owners in need of basic services to keep their pets. The shelter also offers microchips for owned animals and free engraved ID tags.Details:

The Fort Wayne Animal Care business office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can call the business phone at 427-1244 option 1 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. To dispatch an Animal Control Officer after-hours, call 449-3000. Animal Control Officers are on duty from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

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